- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2003

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Medicaid hearing 10 a.m. House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, "Medicaid Today: The States' Perspective." Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Republican; Gov. John G. Rowland, Connecticut Republican; Gov. Bill Richardson, New Mexico Democrat, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
Iraqi disarmament forum 2 p.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a forum on "At Diplomacy's End: Only Action Will Secure Saddam Hussein's Disarmament." Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, minority whip, participates. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3167 or 202/225-4463.

PRESIDENT BUSH
To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis release the U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services for January 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting of the information security and privacy advisory board. Topics include: ISPAB work plan updates; development of electronic authentication panel agenda; and NIST information technology laboratory briefings. Location: Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/975-3357.
8:30 a.m. Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, holds a meeting of the center for substance abuse prevention drug testing advisory board. Topics include: HHS drug-testing program update; Transportation Department drug-testing program update. Location: Residence Inn by Marriott, 7335 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-8923.
9:30 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee, to prepare for the eighth session of the International Maritime Organization meeting of the subcommittee on bulk liquids and gases to be held at the IMO Headquarters in London from March 24, 2003, to March 28, 2003. Location: U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, 2100 Second St. SW, Room 6103. Contact: 202/267-1217.

SUPREME COURT
No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202-479-3211

SENATE
In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee holds a hearing on national security space programs and management in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2004. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a Full committee hearing on welfare reform. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Howard Hendrick, director, Oklahoma Human Services, Oklahoma City, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
10 a.m. Judiciary border security, immigration and citizenship subcommittee and technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee hold a joint hearing on "Border Technology: Keeping Terrorists Out of the United States. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.
2:30 p.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a full committee hearing on the regional implications of North Korea's nuclear program. James Kelly, assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, State Department; James Lilley, American Enterprise Institute, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE
Meets at 11 a.m. to consider the Hospital Mortgage Insurance Act of 2003; the Automatic Defibrillation in Adam's Memory Act; the Organ Donation Improvement Act; the Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act; the Birth Defects and Development Disabilities Prevention Act; and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Procurement and Property Mismanagement and Theft at Los Alamos National Laboratory." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. Resources Committee holds a full committee hearing on the Arctic Coastal Plain Domestic Energy Security Act of 2003. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton; James Schlesinger, former energy secretary; Tara Sweeney, special assistant to the governor for rural affairs, State of Alaska, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
10:30 a.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a full committee hearing on the proposed fiscal 2004 budget for the Labor Department. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
10:30 a.m. Budget Committee holds a full committee markup of the fiscal 2004 budget resolution. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
2:30 p.m. Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing to examine a comprehensive national energy policy. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA
Employment Law and Legislative Conference all day Society for Human Resource Management holds its 20th Annual Employment Law and Legislative Conference.
Highlights 8 a.m. Robert Reich, former labor secretary, Clinton administration.
Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 703/548-3440.
Utilization of Environmental Satellite Data all day National Academies holds a meeting on the Utilization of Environmental Satellite Data: A Vision for 2010 and Beyond.
Highlights 9 a.m. Eric Webster, majority staff director, subcommittee on environment, technology and standards, House Science Committee, "Perspectives from the House Science Committee."
11:15 a.m. Donald Durham, Stennis Space Center, NASA, "Satellite Data for Operational Purposes."
Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3477.
America's Community Bankers conference all day America's Community Bankers holds its America's Community Bankers 2003 Government Affairs Conference.
Hilights 9:10 a.m. Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, "Community Banking for Consumers."
9:30 a.m. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, Alabama Republican, chairman, Banking Committee, "A New Senate Banking Agenda."
9:50 a.m. Birch Bayh, former U.S. senator, Indiana Democrat and Dan Lungren, former U.S. representative, California Republican, "Effective Lobbying What Plays and What Doesn't Play With Members of Congress."
10:20 a.m. Cynthia Glassman, commissioner, Securiites and Exchange Commission.
10:50 a.m. Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, majority leader, "The 108th Congress - Priorities and Prospects."
Location: Union Station, Columbus Club, 40 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/857-3136.
Safety Belt Technology Study 8:30 a.m. National Academies holds a meeting to discuss the Safety Belt Technology Study.
Highlights 11:15 a.m. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lawyers, "NHTSA's Interpretation of Legal Issues Regarding Regulation of Seat Belt Systems."
Location: National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2948.
Nuclear Threat 10 a.m. Nuclear Threat Initiative and Harvard University hold a news conference to release a report on "Are We Doing All We Can to Block the Terrorist Pathway to a Nuclear Bomb? Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, chairman, Foreign Relations Committee; Sam Nunn, former senator, Georgia Democrat, and co-chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative, participate. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/454-7706, 202/224-2079.
Health Insurance 11 a.m. Congress holds a news conference on "Introduction of Bipartisan SAVE Act to Cover 40 Million Americans without Health Insurance." Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7964.
Hispanic families health information 1:45 p.m. Department of Health and Human Services holds a news conference to launch "Su Familia," a National Hispanic Family Health Helpline to assist Hispanic families get basic health information. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Jane Delgado, National Alliance for Hispanic Health and Juan Romagoza, La Clinicia del Pueblo, participate. Location: La Clinicia del Pueblo, 1470 Irving St. NW. Contact: 202/690-6343.
Whitney Young Community Service Awards Gala 6 p.m. Greater Washington Urban League, WBDC50 Washington, FannieMae Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Comcast sponsor the 31st Annual Whitney Young Community Service Awards Gala. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: Members of the public should contact, 202/265-8200; Media contact, 202/298-764.

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